FLEETWOOD Town manager Micky Mellon is thrilled to have have signed exciting striker Alex Titchiner but feels comparisons with Jamie Vardy are unfair.
Mellon insists no pressure will be placed on Titchiner’s young shoulders and the Town boss is closing in on signing more experienced strikers to help the 20-year-old develop.
The former Crewe junior’s prodigious scoring feats in the Evo-Stik League – his 39 for Witton Albion beat Vardy’s record with Halifax the previous season – resulted in Titchiner being spoken of in the same breath as Leicester’s £1m capture on his arrival at Highbury last Friday.
But Mellon was quick to play that down, despite clearly being thrilled by Titchiner’s potential.
Mellon told The Gazette: “Alex is a player we have watched for some time and are very excited about but to compare him to Vardy is unfair.
“Vardy is five years older for a start, but if Alex continues to progress as he is, he will have a big future in the game.
“He has all the attributes, including a desire to try to be successful.
“He certainly knows his way to goal and his movement is fantastic. He is also as brave as a lion. We feel the lad will get better working with us full-time.
“But there is no great pressure on him to shoot us to any success. We will gauge him early in pre-season and hopefully bring in some more players he can learn from.”
Chairman Andy Pilley told fans to expect more new arrivals this week, and Mellon added that those may well include another striker or two.
“We are working hard to strengthen in different areas but we do need more strikers,” he continued. “We need to find some goals because we have lost four strikers since lest season.
“If we get the ones we are looking at I can certainly say we will be looking at another exciting season. We are well down the road with a couple.”
Mellon confirmed that some more experienced frontmen were on his radar to complement Town’s emerging talent.
“As well as Titchiner we have Danny Rowe here and they are players of great promose, but we need help for them to get the best out of them.”
Mellon admits that some of his target have slipped through the Town net, though he insists that is only to be expected.
“We have lost out on a few but we are coming into a whole new dimension in the football world.
“We are no longer one of the bigger clubs in non-league. We are now one of the smallest in the Football League and we are competing with big clubs for signings. It’s a tribute to what we have achieved that we even have a chance to compete.
“But I don’t think Football League players are worried about where you have come from – it’s what you are going to give them, and we can promise them that we are going to try to be successful.”